Arrest made in crowbar attack

MANATEE -- An arrest was made early this morning in an earlier attack on an 86-year-old woman and her 62-year-old niece in their home. The women reported being struck by a man with a crowbar, demanding money, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

A 45-year-old man who also lives in the house awoke the 62-year-old and demanded money and vehicle keys. When she refused, the man began striking her with the crowbar, according to the sheriff's report.

The noise from the attack awoke the 86-year-old who went into the hallway, where she was attacked with the crowbar.

Her niece then complied with the demand for money, surrendering $60 from a safe and the keys to a Ford Explorer.

The victim's black Ford Explorer was located Friday in the 5300 block of 26th Street West. The man who left the vehicle parked there called the victim to tell her where it was.

The sheriff's office reported that it had arrested Daniel P. Kersey at 3:35 a.m. today in the 4300 block of 14th Street West in connection with armed robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated battery on a person over 65, and grand theft auto.

Kersey was found walking along the street and arrested without incident. He refused to answer any questions, according to the sheriff's office.